Get inspired and learn from my photo experiments with ice
In the following I'll walk you trough a couple of crazy ice experiments I did and show you how to replicate them.
I had a lot of fun! ;P
1. Stained Glass
In this photo you can see a physalis fruit buried in ice. When putting a lightsource under it, it reminds me at the stained glass windows you can see in churches.
I got a physalis from the garden, which already started to show it's fine structures. I then boiled some water, so I'll later have clearer ice. Last but not least I put the physalis in a plastic container and poured the water over it and then froze it. In the image above I placed an LED lightsource under the ice after it was frozen, to get this kind of stained glass look.
The same procedure works fine with other objects, too, for example snail shells.
2. Fire and Ice
For this image I broke up one of the ice blocks, I created as described above. I like this contrast of having things stuck in the ice, while another part is reaching for freedom.
The sparkles you can see are from sparklers, which were still left over from new years eve. Here in Germany you can get those all around the year for about 1€ for 30/40 sparklers.
While the effect is very interesting, it also was a pretty dangerous experiment for my lens. I used a 18-55mm lens, which required me to come pretty close to what I was photographing.
3. Autumnal Winter
I actually had a film idea in mind when freezing those leaves, but ended up using them for photography.
I've dried the leaves before freezing them, but it might as well work with fresh leaves. However, I'm not sure if there would be still organic substances in fresh leaves, which change the appearance of the leaf.
Again, the frozen leaves remind me a lot at stained glass. Combined with a light source, which is making them glow from the inside, they almost look symbolic for the season Autumn.
Here is how my lightening setup looked like.
I used two lights, one to make the ice glow from within and one on the side to create highlights and shadows on top of the ice. Both lights were pretty cheap, I can recommend checking out LED videolights as external lightsources.
This were all of my ice experiments so far! I hope you enjoyed this journal and got some inspiration out of it.
Feel free to ask me if you want to know more about a particular method or technique.
Do you use external light for your photographs? What light sources do you prefer?